ND among top producers of fulbright students for 4th straight year...

by Erin Blasko

February 19, 2018


Twenty-nine University of Notre Dame students and alumni were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants during the 2017-18 academic year, second among all research institutions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Established in 1964, The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, providing more than 380,000 students with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to solutions to shared international concerns based on academic merit and leadership potential.

Winners, including artists and young professionals from more than 100 different academic disciplines, study, teach English or conduct research abroad in as many as 140 countries each year.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Notre Dame has been recognized as a top Fulbright producer, as reported annually in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Fulbright students

The University counted 27 Fulbright students last year, tied for second among all research institutions in the U.S. and better than Harvard University, the University of Chicago, Princeton University and Stanford University, among others.

“Notre Dame’s continued success with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is reflective of the University’s emphasis on providing meaningful international encounters to its students,” said Jeffrey Thibert, Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director of the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), a resource for Notre Dame undergraduates interested in research, creative endeavors or fellowships.

“Whether students are conducting international research with the support of the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts or CUSE,  undertaking international service with the Center for Social Concerns, enhancing foreign language proficiency with the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures or studying abroad with Notre Dame International, our graduates are well-prepared for the academic and cultural exchange that is central to the Fulbright mission,” Thibert said.

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